100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time


"All That Heaven Will Allow"

"All That Heaven Will Allow"
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Tunnel of Love, 1987

Like so many of the great songs on Tunnel of Love, "All That Heaven Will Allow" lays bare the hope and fear of a man in love. Springsteen sings about steps in a couple's life together – a date in a nightclub, sharing a house, the dread of dying too young. He even tries to talk his way past a nightclub bouncer ("Come on, Slim, slip me in, man"). The song became a centerpiece of the 1988 tour, with a long introduction co-starring Clemons and set on a park bench.

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